falcon 1 in orbit

Also via Ellis, this piece of news that’s gone under most people’s radar – SpaceX’s Falcon 1 has, on the fourth launch attempt, successfully reached orbit and had a nominal shutdown. They also performed a successful second-stage reignition and burn. So that’s the first privately developed liquid-fuelled rocket to get up there.

Here’s a aerial view of the launch site – and another view from Google Maps. Basic, eh? Just goes to show.

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